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Polish judges call for solution without EU sanctions

Reunited in Paris, Polish judges opposing the justice reforms started by Warsaw ask for a solution to the crisis without Europe’s intervention. EURACTIV France reports.

Europe's East 18-09-2017

Germany’s Free Democrats may stall EU reform hopes

A week before German elections, the storied Free Democratic Party looks set to recover from a historic 2013 defeat and return to parliament - where it could make Berlin a much more awkward partner for its European neighbours.

Freedom of thought 13-09-2017

France says Venezuela talks to take place, warns of sanctions

Venezuela's government and opposition will hold a round of talks in the Dominican Republic today (13 September), France's foreign minister said yesterday, warning Caracas that it risked EU sanctions if it failed to engage in negotiations.

Europe's East 12-09-2017

Russia sanctions should be phased out if Ukraine ceasefire holds: Germany’s Gabriel

European sanctions imposed on Russia over its role in the Ukraine crisis should be phased out gradually if an internationally agreed ceasefire deal was implemented, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said yesterday (11 September). The conflict between Ukrainian forces and Russian-backed separatists has claimed more than 10,000 lives since it erupted in 2014. Germany and France have …

Development Policy 11-09-2017

Report traces Zimbabwe’s illicit diamond trade to Antwerp

Powerful military and political elites have secretly exploited Zimbabwe’s diamond sector in violation of EU trade sanctions, according to research by a global development NGO.

Global Europe 22-08-2017

Putin names ‘pragmatic’ ambassador to the US, blacklisted by the EU

Russian President Vladimir Putin has named Vladimir Antonov as Russia’s next ambassador to Washington, the Kremlin announced yesterday (21 August). Antonov is a former defence official who is subject to EU sanctions over his role in the conflict in Ukraine.

Global Europe 21-08-2017

Russian court rejects Siemens’ plea to seize its turbines in Crimea

A Moscow court has rejected a request by Siemens to seize its gas turbines, which have turned up in Crimea contrary to EU sanctions, and to ban their installation ahead of preliminary hearings next month, the court's ruling showed on Sunday (20 August).

Global Europe 10-08-2017

EU expands sanctions against North Korea amid growing threats

The European Union on Thursday (10 August) expanded its North Korean sanctions blacklist as fiery rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang sent tensions soaring. The 28-nation EU has steadily increased asset freezes and travel bans on North Korea over its repeated violation of UN resolutions on its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. After tests of an Intercontinental Ballistic …

Global Europe 03-08-2017

EU does not recognise Venezuela’s new assembly and warns about sanctions

The EU said on Wednesday (2 August) that it would not recognise the new Venezuela assembly but it did not impose any sanctions for now.

EU condemns Venezuela’s use of force in election, may not recognise results

The European Union condemned on Monday (31 July) what it said was excessive use of force by state troops in Venezuela and said it was unlikely to recognise results of elections on Sunday that were marred by deadly clashes.

Politics 17-07-2017

EU sanctions 16 more Syria officials over chemical weapons use

The European Union imposed sanctions on Monday (17 July) against another 16 high-ranking Syrian military officials and scientists for their role in the development and use of chemical weapons against civilians, the bloc said in a statement.

Global Europe 27-01-2017

Fears grow in EU that Trump is about to lift sanctions against Russia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is likely to speak with Donald Trump tomorrow (28 January), a source said today (27 January), as rumours grow that the US president will lift the sanctions against Russia imposed over its intervention in Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea.

Global Europe 11-01-2017

Former Eastern EU leaders warn Trump on Russia

Seventeen leaders of EU member states, among which only Bulgarian President Rossen Plevneliev is still in office, wrote to President-elect Donald Trump, asking him not to improve relations with Russia.

Global Europe 15-12-2016

Tusk: EU powerless to stop Aleppo carnage

A downbeat Donald Tusk last night (15 December) admitted that the European Union was powerless to stop Russian-backed bloodshed in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Defence policy 30-11-2016

Ukraine peace talks end without agreement

Four-way talks on ending a separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine finished without a breakthrough yesterday (29 November), with German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier declaring that "lip service" statements were not enough to achieve lasting peace.

Global Europe 15-11-2016

EU puts more Syrian ministers and central bank governor under sanctions

The European Union extended its sanctions on Syria yesterday (14 November), banning the country's central bank chief and its finance minister from travelling in Europe and freezing their assets in a further step to isolate President Bashar al-Assad.

Global Europe 04-11-2016

Ponomaryev: Consensus rules make EU weak against Putin

Consensus voting doesn’t help the EU to stand strong against an ever more assertive Russia, Ilya Ponomaryev, Russian opposition figure and a former member of the State Duma, told EURACTIV Poland in an exclusive, wide-ranging interview.

Global Europe 28-10-2016

Russia denies role in bloody strike on Syrian school

Russia on Thursday (27 October) denied any involvement in deadly air strikes on a Syrian school and rejected a UN-led investigation showing its ally Damascus had carried out chemical attacks, as Moscow's relations with the West took another hit.

Brexit 21-10-2016

May defends EU response to Aleppo bombing, as Russian warships sail in English Channel

British Prime Minister Theresa May today (21 October) insisted that EU leaders’ response to Moscow’s bombing of Aleppo was a success, as Russian warships passed through the English Channel on their way to Syria.

Global Europe 11-10-2016

Escalation in Syria means EU less likely to soften stance on Russia

Outraged by Russia's intensified air strikes on rebels in Syria, the European Union is now less likely to ease sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine, diplomats say, and some in the bloc are raising the prospect of more punitive steps against the Kremlin.

Global Europe 04-10-2016

Crimea: The cost of sanctions and the risk of retaliation

Sanctions have already cost Russia one third of its GDP. As they come up for renewal, the EU must be wary of backing Putin into a corner and forcing him to take drastic action, writes John Dale Grover.

Global Europe 26-09-2016

EU summit to consider how to improve Russia ties without dropping sanctions

Next month, European Union leaders will explore the possibility of improving strained ties with Russia in response to growing irritation among some member states over economic sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis.

Trade & Society 21-09-2016

German economy minister to discuss EU sanctions with Putin

German Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, heading to Moscow for talks about trade with President Vladimir Putin, said on Wednesday (21 September) that he favoured a lifting of EU sanctions on Russia but that would require making progress on peace in Ukraine.

Economy & Jobs 16-09-2016

German Economy Minister Gabriel to visit Russia next week for trade talks

German Vice-Chancellor and Economic Affairs Minister Sigmar Gabriel will visit Russia next week to hold talks with Russian government officials about the state of bilateral trade relations, his ministry said in a statement on Friday (16 September).